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Just installed an 80gb HDD into my system that previously had 120gb and 80gb HDD's in. The system now has 2 80gb drives in, dual booting, or so i thought.

The problem is that the new 80gb will boot to Windows, yet the 'old' 80gb won't boot. Any attempts to boot it thru various BIOS configs results in the 'NTLDR is missing' message.

Anyone have any advice so can i get the drive to boot??

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Have checked the pages above n have forgotten to say that on the 'old' 80gb drive i have the same Windows XP Pro that i have installed on the 'new' 80gb drive.

A possible conflict between both drives when trying to boot or can i just repair the operating system on the 'old' drive and it will work?

Any help/further help appreciated

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I have a problem with DVD writing software conflicting with a large number of games i have due to copy protection.

Dont really wanna have to be installing/uninstalling DVD writing software every time i wanna use it.

Thought the best way around it was to have 2 separate drives, one for games n one for serious applications. Both bootable, so in the event of one of the drives failing i wouldn't be doing a setup from the very beginning, i could just copy either drive, both with an OS on and only have to install the software or applications

I had taken out my original C: drive (120gb) tho n replaced it with another (80gb), unaware it would lose vital information. A friend, realising wot i had done, said to do a clean install on the C: n it would sort the problem.
 

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I had this same problem and the only solution I saw first was booting the system by XP pro. But I found out later I placed the ribbon IDE cables indirectly in the wrong HD's (Slave/Master) and anyways I switched both harddrive cables and that fixed the NTLDR error, but I don't know if you had the same circumstances as I did.
 

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DVD copy protection software query

I had been looking thru a few forums n a point had been made by various members of numerous forums that a certain type of DVD protection software on games was a persistant problem and caused a lot of problems, will need to get back to u and to which software it is.
 

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Reggie Pee said:
Just installed an 80gb HDD into my system that previously had 120gb and 80gb HDD's in. The system now has 2 80gb drives in, dual booting, or so i thought.

The problem is that the new 80gb will boot to Windows, yet the 'old' 80gb won't boot. Any attempts to boot it thru various BIOS configs results in the 'NTLDR is missing' message.

Anyone have any advice so can i get the drive to boot??

Kind regards

Rob
Hello Rob try this . i have found any of these to work in the past

1 --Go into the BIOS to set the CD ROM as the first boot device and once saved exit BIOS.
Insert the XP CD and it should then work better.


Or try this
2---You can change the active partition using fdisk. And you can change the first boot device (but using an optical drive with a Windows CD to boot from can cause you problems later) in the BIOS.

Using fdisk:

2-a. Boot to a command prompt by using a boot disk (if you have one. Otherwise you can make one from any Windows 95/98/ME PC.
2-b. At the command prompt, type fdisk, and then press enter.
2-c. Click set active partition, choose the partition that you want to make active, and then hit enter.
2-d. Press Esc.
2-e. Remove the boot floppy disk, restart the computer.

Or this

3--Remove all peripherals from the system
· Set the boot sequence to Cd drive 1st
· Boot from the Win XP Operating System CD
· Wait for the system to load the Win XP setup
· On the Win XP Setup Screen Press (R)
· The Recovery Console will load on a black screen
· Type 1 then press Enter to select the windows installation
· If an admin password prompt appears Press Enter again
· A C:\ prompt will appear
· Type CHKDSK /P and press Enter
· The system will perform a check on the hard-drive
· When it finds the errors another C:\ prompt will appear
· Type FIXBOOT and press Enter
· A message appears “The target partition is C:”
· Type (Y) then press Enter
· When FIXBOOT repairs the errors, another C:\ prompt appears
· Now restart the system


Hope they help you
 
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